5 OF THE BEST BEACHES IN LANZAROTE:
AND WHY YOU'LL LOVE PAPAGAYO...
Playa Blanca was once an ancient fishing village, which has emerged as one of Lanzarote’s most family-friendly beaches. This Blue Flag stretch has bright white sands and sheltered bays that are great for swimming and snorkelling, and there are lifeguards on hand so the kids can play safely. The beach is backed by a well-stocked promenade with plenty of places to eat and drink, or satisfy your sweet-tooth and cool down at Gelatería Italiana Verderosa, one of the most popular ice-cream parlours in the Canary Islands - the black chocolate and homemade gelatos are finger-licking good!
Papagayo is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Lanzarote, with sweeping white sands that are sheltered by towering cliffs. It's hidden location in the Los Ajaches Nature Reserve makes it a popular spot for nudists, so you may want to think twice before bringing your tots and teens here. You can sunbathe, swim and snorkel here, or if the stretch gets a little squashed (it can become crowded in peak season), simply stroll over to the neighbouring sands of Las Mujeres, Pozo and beyond for a quieter beach retreat. If you're feeling peckish, The Ice House is a family-friendly bar with great burgers, or go al-fresco at Casa Angelina for fresh paella.
Playa Famara's curving bay is crowned for having the longest strip of sand on the island, but strong winds sweeping up from the Atlantic make watersports tricky unless you're a professional - you'll certainly spot a few surfers testing the waves. If you do want to brave the winds though, there are several surf schools which will enroll students and issue surf forecasts so you can ride the waves in style. Once you've worke up an appetite, you'll find a selection of bites and bars nearby in the village of La Caleta de Famara. Have your camera close by, as this beach serves up some of the best views in Lanzarote, with a backdrop of rugged, pinkish cliffs contrasting the cloudless blue skies.
Located north of Lanzarote in Puerto Del Carmen is Órzola's Caletón Blanco beach, a bracelet of tiny coves where bone-white sands are strewn with dark black lava rocks. The kids will love exploring the natural rock pools, which are ideal for swimming, while parents can indulge in a little peace and quiet on the soft sands. There are a handful of family-friendly restaurants nearby too, where you can get a taste of traditional Canarian cuisine.
PLAYA DE LOS POCILLOS
Playa de los Pocillos has an amazing promenade running all the way to Puerto del Carmen, perfect for soaking up the lively atmosphere and exploring the buzzing restaurants and bars that line the shore. The beach is shallow and slopes gently into warm waters, so you can expect a crowd of noisy kids and fun-loving families at most hours of the day. If you want to swap lounging on the beach for lively bars, the party scene in Avenida de las Playas, Puerto del Carmen is great for a night on the tiles or a quiet drink by the sea.